Let’s unite and shame con­spir­a­tors, says VP Mnan­gagwa

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ZIMBABWEANS should unite and give in­fil­tra­tors no chance to ex­e­cute their con­spir­a­cies aimed at desta­bil­is­ing the coun­try, Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa said yes­ter­day.

In an in­ter­view ahead of the He­roes Day com­mem­o­ra­tions on Mon­day, VP Mnan­gagwa said Zimbabwe had been in­fil­trated by chancers pur­su­ing per­sonal en­rich­ment agen­das at the ex­pense of na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

He said with­out unity of pur­pose, the Gov­ern­ment’s de­sired de­vel­op­ment goal would not see the light of the day. “The bur­den is on us col­lec­tively to move for­ward in unity as a peo­ple,” VP Mnan­gagwa said.

“Sta­bil­ity, peace and tran­quil­lity comes from us. If we are united, the en­emy will not pen­e­trate. We have some peo­ple among us be­ing lured by money and other per­sua­sions to desta­bilise not a for­eign coun­try, but your mother coun­try. This, we must guard against.”

He added: “There is no as­sign­ment, en­gage­ment which an in­di­vid­ual is do­ing which should be re­garded as mi­nor. Every­thing that we do is im­por­tant. It con­trib­utes to the universal good of the coun­try and the progress which we would want to achieve. And this can only be done when the coun­try is sta­ble and peace­ful.

“Once we be­lieve in our­selves as Zimbabweans, that this is our coun­try, we must put our shoul­ders to the wheel and achieve the de­sired de­vel­op­ment. God blessed this coun­try with min­er­als. We have every­thing. Out of the 21 spe­cial min­er­als in the world, we have 19. What is needed is unity and plan­ning to­gether.”

VP Mnan­gagwa said free­dom did not come on a sil­ver plat­ter and Zimbabweans should not be swayed when it came to de­fend­ing their sovereignty.

“As we cel­e­brate He­roes Day, let us re­mem­ber that we are Zimbabweans be­cause of some peo­ple who died,” he said.

“All liv­ing, in­clud­ing the youths, should re­mem­ber that with­out unity, the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle would not have been a suc­cess. Yes, rebels were there but over­ally peo­ple were united. The phi­los­o­phy be­hind this con­cept (He­roes Day) is to en­sure that gen­er­a­tion af­ter gen­er­a­tion con­tin­ues to re­mem­ber that our In­de­pen­dence came as a re­sult of our own peo­ple sac­ri­fic­ing.

“In that process, many com­rades died, many were maimed but the ob­jec­tive was one — that we be­come our­selves, sov­er­eign and in­de­pen­dent.”

VP Mnan­gagwa went on: “We must al­ways re­mind our chil­dren that we are now Zimbabweans as a re­sult of sac­ri­fice. That will not re­peat it­self, but we would want that type of pa­tri­o­tism to be em­bed­ded into the younger gen­er­a­tion, pa­tri­o­tism that Zimbabweans come first, my life comes sec­ond. That’s the spirit we would want to show.

“As we as­sem­ble at the na­tional shrine, to our com­rades, the gal­lant fight­ers who shed their lives dur­ing the strug­gle and af­ter the strug­gle, who stood by the cor­rect line of the revo­lu­tion, we are say­ing to them we have not for­got­ten. You are he­roes of the revo­lu­tion, he­roes of the birth of this coun­try. That’s why we put aside this day to re­mem­ber, recog­nise and cel­e­brate the heroic acts of those ly­ing at the shrine.”

On cor­rup­tion, VP Mnan­gagwa said there would be no sa­cred cows as graft was im­ped­ing de­vel­op­ment in Gov­ern­ment.

“We have com­mit­ted that we have to deal with this en­emy num­ber one, and there should be no sa­cred cows,” he said.

“We are glad that the me­dia is writ­ing and ex­pos­ing cor­rupt el­e­ments no mat­ter the stand­ing of the per­son in­volved. It should be laid bare. No coun­try can grow with cor­rup­tion in place. It’s now ev­ery­where, be it in pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors. It is there even in the ju­di­ciary where we ex­pect ethics to be up­held.”

He said the $500 mil­lion com­mand agri­cul­ture pro­gramme be­ing in­tro­duced by Gov­ern­ment be­gin­ning this forth­com­ing sum­mer crop­ping sea­son would en­sure food se­cu­rity.

VP Mnan­gagwa, who chairs the Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Food Nu­tri­tion and Se­cu­rity, said Gov­ern­ment was happy with the sup­port the pro­gramme was get­ting from var­i­ous sec­tors.

“Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe gave us that as­sign­ment and to­gether with my team in­clud­ing the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net, we are not sleep­ing,” he said.

“We promise that in the next four sea­sons, which is two years, we must say good­bye to hunger whether or not there is drought. We have al­ready been of­fered some fund­ing and I will have to brief Cab­i­net first be­fore go­ing pub­lic.”

The com­mand agri­cul­ture pro­gramme, which aims to pro­duce two mil­lion tonnes of maize on 400 000 hectares of land, will see iden­ti­fied farm­ers be­ing given in­puts, ir­ri­ga­tion and mech­a­nised equip­ment.

The farm­ers, who will work un­der strict su­per­vi­sion, will be re­quired to com­mit five tonnes per hectare to Gov­ern­ment as re­pay­ment for the in­puts and agri­cul­tural equip­ment.

They will re­tain all sur­plus pro­duced for per­sonal use.

VP Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

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